Revolution SF has apparently run out of things to watch, because they're crawling back through the annals of time looking for classic geek movies that should be -- but aren't -- available on DVD.
Here you fill find The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage, The Wizard of Speed and Time, Twilight Zone: The Movie and, umm, The Star Wars Holiday Special. Hey, they didn't say it was a list of great movies, just ones that geeks will enjoy (or enjoy hating).
Drivl gives a rundown of how coding works in the real world, as opposed to how Hollywood thinks coding works. Gems include "Code does not move", "Code is not three dimensional", "Code does not make blip noises as it appears on the screen" and "Most code is not inherently cross platform" (which means that Apple laptops shouldn't be used to take out alien motherships, and Dells shouldn't be able to connect to myriad Gou'ald and Ancient devices.
Universal is planning a remake of John Carpenter's classic sf horror film The Thing. It will be written by Ronald Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame but no director has been announced. Other reports I've read suggest this may be more of a prequel than a straight-forward remake, in which case my opinion change. I can stomach a prequel, particularly one focusing on the Norwegians finding the downed spaceship and exploring it, but a straight-up remake/reimagining/rewhatever simply isn't needed.
Do you have a plan for when the zombies rise up and devour civilization? Huh punk, do you? Red vs. Blue offers their tips on saving your sorry ass from the zombie menace in "Planning to Fail", one of their funniest PSAs in a very long time.
No, not that kind of virgin. The kind that hasn't seen Star Wars. Entertainment Weekly found one in Michael Morrison, had him watch all six movies as they're aired consecutively on Cinemax, and then write-up his thoughts on the films.
The most notable question to arise from this is ... what is the correct order to watch the films in? Cinemax argues for sequentially, but as Morrison notes, watching them that way ruins all the surprises. Original trilogy preferences aside, I think for that reason the best order to watch the films in is the way they were originally released because you preserve the fun and the mystery of that is Star Wars.
Jericho, the series about the inhabitants of a Kansas town surviving a nuclear war, has been picked up for a full season by CBS. I find this astounding since I've never seen it, no one I know has ever seen it, and it's generated absolutely no buzz in my various science fiction orbits.
So who's watching this thing? I've got to figure that it's gaining traction with mainstream America, which really makes me curious as to what the show's about. We've been talking about what it'll take for science fiction to regain its popular attraction ...
SCI FI Wire is reporting that Heroes has been picked up for a full season by NBC. Apparently it's doing well with the 18-49 adult demographic, and managed to snag 13.5 million viewers. That's not enough to put it in the top 20 for any given week's viewing, but it's enough to keep the struggling NBC happy.
With the exception to LOST, broadcast TV hasn't been kind to speculative fiction. Science fiction series died by the bunch last year, with only Invasion surviving long enough to have a full season run … and not being renewed. Before LOST, Fox killed off Firefly, the most promising SF series in years without even trying to find it an audience.
And now we have Heroes, a superhero series that inherits almost a decades worth of superhero momentum, and tries to do something amazing with it. There are two big questions: is it any good … and will NBC let it survive long enough to thrive?